When I wake up on a Monday morning and I realise I don't have to go and work at the civil service, I really think I've won.
On my first day in New York a guy asked me if I knew where Central Park was. When I told him I didn't, he said: Do you mind if I mug you here?
It seems like a contradiction, but the shy person who is a performer actually does make sense, because in a way, when you're young and shy, making people laugh is a good way to make friends. It's an instant connection.
I'm always amazed to hear of air crash victims so badly mutilated that they have to be identified by their dental records. What I can't understand is, if they don't know who you are, how do they know who your dentist is?
My school days were the happiest days of my life; which should give you some indication of the misery I've endured over the past twenty-five years.
I remember being fascinated by the very nature of comedy from the age of 10; why is this funny, and that isn't?
At one point in the mid-Eighties I shared a promoter with the Smiths. One night, we were sitting backstage when Morrissey burst in, utterly distraught, sobbing his heart out. Turns out someone had thrown a sausage at him on stage during 'Meat Is Murder.'
In 1987, I was in Edinburgh doing my first one-man show. I took part in a kickabout with some fellow comedians and tripped over my trousers and heard this cracking sound in my leg. A couple of days later I went into a coma and was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism.
If you stay in a house and you go to the bathroom and there is no toilet paper, you can always slide down the banisters. Don't tell me you haven't done it.
I was trying to organise my DVDs into a sort of chronological order, and I am afraid that it all trailed off after the Sixties.
I don't consider myself a fashion victim. I consider fashion a victim of me.
It was a bizarre existence I led in my early twenties - that cliche of the comedian who goes out and entertains a roomful of people and then goes home to a lonely bedsit was unbelievably poignant for me because that was exactly what I was doing. I had periods of real loneliness.
My favourite riposte to a heckle is to say, 'Excuse me, I'm trying to work here. How would you like it if I stood yelling down the alley while you're giving blow jobs to transsexuals?'
In fact, I don't watch a lot of contemporary comedy for fear of being influenced by it.
I looked at longevity in show business when I was about 13, and the people who seemed to have longevity were the ones who'd spent quite a bit of time learning about what they were doing before they made it.
I've never been disappointed by politicians. I've never invested that much in them in the first place.
I think having an outsider's viewpoint is interesting and good, especially for a comedian.
The thing about improvisation is that it's not about what you say. It's listening to what other people say. It's about what you hear.
Have you ever had sex with a horse?
I have never sold my story, done Hello! magazine, any of that stuff. I'm not guilty of exploiting my private life for cash and then saying, 'Oh, I don't want to talk about my private life.' I've never crossed that line.
When I turned about 12 or 13, I realised that being funny wasn't about remembering jokes. It was about creating them.
And like the old stereotype, I overcame my shyness by making my friends laugh.
I don't always vote in general elections, but I think I've always voted Labour.
I really don't take any interest at all in contemporary comedy.
If you became a comedian in the '80s, you had to work the circuit and make people laugh. Canned laughter is cheating.
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